10 Interesting Facts About the Honey Bees

It’s no secret that we love our bees, but did you know how vital they actually are to our ecosystem? Honeybees pollinate one third of the global food supply, without them, many plants—including food crops—would die off. In fact, there’s no other insect humans rely on more than bees.

We love our little friends and think if you got to know them, you’d love them too. Check out the chart below for 10 interesting facts about honeybees and prepare to be amazed by nature’s smartest, smallest, hardest working civilizations.

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  1. Honey Bees' Wings Stroke

    • The honeybee's wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, which creates their characteristic buzzing sound
  2. Queens Lay Eggs

    • As the Queen Bee is the only female bee in the hive with a fully developed reproductive system, her primary job is laying eggs. On average, they lay up to 1,500 eggs per day.
  3. Female Worker Bees

    • From guarding the hive to making the honey the colony relies on female worker bees to thrive
  4. Male Worker Bees

    • Male bees (drones) have only one job: mate with a queen outside the hive
  5. Nectar is for Energy

    • Nectar is high in natural sugars, which gives bees the energy to do their jobs.
  6. A Single Worker Bee Production

    • One bee will make only a 1/2 teaspoon of honey in its entire life.
  7. Bees’ Food Source

    • Bees get all of their food and nutrients from flowers
  8. Sleep Time

    • Honey bees do sleep, they may even dream
  9. Bees Dance

    • Bees Dance to let each other know where to find the best nectar, pollen, water or nest location
  10. Queen Bee’s Lifespan

    • A Queen bee's life expectancy is 3 - 5 years 



What is Manuka honey bees?

Manuka honey originates in New Zealand. Honey bees collect the nectar from the native Manuka tree, an evergreen tree that produces small white and pink fragrant flowers that honey bees love.

What is an interesting fact about honey bees?

The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.

Do honey bees have 5 eyes?

The honey bee has five eyes! Two large compound eyes and three smaller ocelli eyes in the center of its head.



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